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Red Carpet Hospitality Gala

The Hotel Association of NYC Foundation hosted its annual Red Carpet Hospitality Gala on December 2nd at the Grand Hyatt New York. The event was led by HANY Foundation co-chair, Vijay Dandapani and Loews Hotels Chairman & CEO, Jonathan Tisch, who honored entrepreneur, Ian Schrager and The Shubert Organization.

The gala was attended by our On Property Leadership & Corporate Operations Teams.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

The Winner Is:  From the Executive, Ops, Development Team
The before and after of a guest checking into and out of the Gardens Suite Hotel by Affinia!
This was an amazing two-sided two-faced pumpkin – congratulations to the team for a job well done!
All of the pumpkins submitted showed great creativity and a strong team effort.  Everyone should be very proud of their work and really are all winners!
Submitted By Finance
Submitted By Human Resources
Submitted by IT/Design & Construction/Facilities
Submitted by Marketing
Submitted by Revenue Department
Submitted By Sales

We also held a candy count contest – to see who could guess the number of tootsie rolls in the jar…..many were close but the overall winner was Lloyd Tapper – Congratulations!!       

Virtuoso Travel Week 2019!

The annual Virtuoso Conference was attended this year in Las Vegas by Ellen Gerchick and Andrea Ambroze  on behalf of The Surrey. This was the largest ever with over 6500 travel advisors and suppliers globally. Together they completed over 285 one on one appointments, plus several lunches and receptions in one week. Another year for The Surrey partnering with the top industry professionals!

No matter where you come from or where in the world you travel;  “Lady Liberty” always welcomes you home….#travelenlightens 
Come visit NYC!!

Celebrate Services Week!

Celebrate Services Week kicked off with a great start thanks to NYC & Company. Every year they host an event for the service managers of NYC. This was year we played Giant Jenga, Super Mario Brothers, did NYC Trivia and then visited the Cauldron where we got a full on Harry Potter Experience.

Celebrate Services Week continues until August 2nd. Stop by and say thanks to your friendly service manager 😊

The National Participates in the Grand Gourmet!

The National Restaurant proudly participated in The Grand Gourmet in Grand Central yesterday! They offered Berkshire Pork Belly with Guajillo Chile Dressing and Chicharrones as the featured course. Thank you to our team for being excellent representatives of the restaurant!

(Pictured left to right:
Carlos De Jesus, Rezart Gorencavic, Kara Cuva, and Bastian Bomhoff)

Thanksgiving Feast at Corporate!

Corporate associates enjoyed a great Thanksgiving Feast catered by Tommy Bahama Restaurant! We also had the joy of tasting Matt’s home made Eggnog that was definitely the rage of the event! A special thank you to our lovely Executive Assistants for coordinating everything and making all this fun possible.

Annual Sales Outing!

Our group, transient, catering and conference service team enjoyed their annual sales outing this week. They visited 3 Long Island Vineyards and sampled the finest of wines! It was a great time had by all!


Your Valentine is at The James Chicago

Chocolate covered strawberries – hand dipped and decorated by our own Executive Team – were delivered to all team members on Valentine’s Day morning as a special treat of recognition. Our famous “Buddy Grams”, that team members can send to each other, were also available again this year. Valentine’s Day in full bloom!

Heartfelt Moments!


The Benjamin’s Holiday Party!

Team Benjamin hosted their annual employee holiday party at the Angus Club Steakhouse. There was great food and awesome prizes won by the employees. Many thanks to our General Manager Gul Turkmenoglu, Anya Orlanska and HR team. A special thank you to all the employees who came to celebrate and make it a success!


Gardens NYC/Shelburne NYC Holiday Party!

The teams at Gardens NYC and Shelburne NYC teamed up to host a fun holiday party! There was lots of delicious food and many prizes to go around! Pictured are some of the winners of the raffle. A special thank you to those that came to celebrate and General Managers Julie Torres (Gardens) and Jenn Baldwin (Shelburne) for making it all come together!

2018 Signature Conference!

Signature Travel Network, the travel agency cooperative now in its 61st year, held its annual sales conference Las Vegas, Dec. 7-10, bringing together nearly 2,400 participants, including 1,400 agents. The event would make this Signature conference one of the largest the group has ever staged.

Signature frontline travel consultants, managers and agency owners gathered with their travel supplier partners including Denihan Hospitality, for three days of networking and learning in a series of seminars, workshops and one-on-one networking. Hotel partners include The Surrey, The Benjamin, The James Chicago and the recently added The James New York-NoMad for 2018. Each hotel scheduled over 20-25 appointments with key agency members and participated in the trade show showcase – a reach of several hundred participants. Signature annual revenue for Denihan produces approximately $600,000.00.

Signature has signed on 280 member agencies, including 207 in U.S. and Canada and 73 international affiliates, representing 587 retail locations in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Brazil.

Conference welcome

Eve Szembek, Signature’s VP of Hotel Partnerships was the guest of The Surrey & Denihan for a meet & greet + concert with Lionel Richie.

From left to right: Ellen Gerchick-Director of Luxury Sales, The Surrey, Lionel Richie, Eve Szembek-VP Hotel Partnerships, Signature, Jon Hodges-Director of Transient Sales Partnership Accounts, Denihan

Monica Derchi, the James New York-NoMad speaking during one-on-ones with Signature members.

Gul Turkmenoglu, GM of The Benjamin & Andrea LoPiccolo with agency members.

The Benjamin Sleep Program on display during the trade show

Dan Wheeler, National Sales Director & Business Travel for The James Chicago, one on one with Signature members.

Elle Gerchick, The Surrey Director of Luxury Sales with a Signature agency owner

Denihan team on the trade show floor

Wine and Cheese hour!

Last Friday, we enjoyed wine hour at Corporate. There was an option of red or white and lots of delicious cheese for everyone’s delight! There’s no better way to close out a week!

Throwback Thursday!

We had our first Throw Back Thursday at Denihan Corporate! We also added some décor for our new Family Room Meeting space! Please feel free to take a guess as to who is who in Denihan! For a closer look at the baby pictures, click on the link to see a collage!

Ugly Sweater Day at Corporate!

In order to get into the holiday spirit, Corporate got their ugly on! A competition was held for ugliest sweater on Wednesday with the winner being Jill Koppelman, congratulations! Donations were also collected for relief efforts for Puerto Rico, we will continue to hold collections until Monday, so if you have not donated yet and would like to please see Chung Yu!

Tuesday Trivia questions and winners!

And the fun continues…all smiles from our Trivia Tuesday winners! Enjoy the gift cards!

Test your knowledge of Denihan Trivia! The answers and winners to each question will be on the bottom

  1. What year did the Surrey reopened after a lavish renovation?
  2. Who is our most recent hire?
  3. Of the eight properties we currently manage, which is the tallest (most floors)? And which property has an actual 13th floor (meaning with a #13 elevator button)?
  4. How many bookable meeting Rooms are there currently at corporate and what are their names?
  5. How many hotels do we currently manage?
  6. In what year did Brooke and Patrick buy out their family members to become sole owners & Co-CEO’s?
  7. What is the closest landmark to Corporate?
  8. Once the company name, what does M.E.S.H stand for?
  9. What year was the company established? (Hint: Think Dry cleaning company)
  10. What was our very 1st Hotel?

  1. Randa Marie- 2009
  2. Tiffany Kain- Randa Marie
  3. Ramsey Grey- Tallest is The Benjamin & 13th Floor with Shelburne
  4. Cassie Saldutti- 4; Surrey Boardroom, James community room, The Family Room, Benjamin executive room
  5. Jon Hodges- 8
  6. Declan Fitzpatrick 2006!
  7. Anika Malhotra- Rockefeller Center
  8. Jaime Barbot- Manhattan East Suite Hotels
  9. Justin Allen- 1915
  10. Ryan Callahan- Lyden Gardens

Happy Holidays from The Surrey Team!

Yesterday evening Surrey employees and the Executive Committee team enjoyed a lovely Italian holiday feast at Carmines. Good food in great company indeed!

Thank you to all for your hard work, dedication and making 2017 a great year. We look forward to an awesome, successful new year ahead!

Congratulations to the Denihan 2017 Big Apple Stars Nominees!

Full Time Concierge

Joseph Colon – Gardens NYC

Gina Bianco – The Benjamin

Full Time Door Person

Michael Sicinski – Gardens NYC

Rome Jefferson – Fifty NYC

Greg Rieke – Surrey Hotel

Miguel Ureta – The James New York – NoMad

Jimmy Healy – The James New York – Soho

Angelo Roa – The Benjamin


Full Time Hourly with Guest Contact

Frank Boateng – Gardens NYC

Kristy Rosado – Fifty NYC

Michelle Manon – Shelburne NYC

Yuko Urakami – Surry Hotel

Philip Huie– The James New York – NoMad

Brian Morr – The James New York – Soho

Stephanie Arscott – The Benjamin


Full Time Hourly without Guest Contact

Henry Cabrera – Gardens NYC

Vladimir Shteynberg – Fifty NYC

Yevsey Katsnelson – Shelburne NYC

Festus Walker– The James New York – NoMad

Brian Stanton – The James New York – Soho

Abu Shardow – The Benjamin


Full Time Room Attendant

Teresa Kardaszewska – Gardens NYC

Khamawattie Prashad – Fifty NYC

Visa Nitu – Shelburne NYC

Rosa Corona – Surrey Hotel

Mireille Joseph– The James New York – NoMad

Celia Garcia – The James New York – Soho

Martha Felipe – The Benjamin


Managerial below GM

Elvira Kim – Gardens NYC

Angela Castro – Fifty NYC

Didier Ambroise – Shelburne NYC

Emmanuel Asa-Ntow – The James New York – NoMad

Elmo Wells – – The James New York – Soho

Slavka Kmec – The Benjamin



Halloween Party at Corporate!


A fun time was had today at the Corporate Halloween Party! There was lots of candy and a costume contest!

First place was won by Tiffany Chin, dressed as Rosie the Riveter

Second place was won by Eli, Stephanie Mendez son, dressed as Clark Kent

The Group Costume contest was won by Joshua Steele, Dawn Murphy and Rob Van Bremen, dressed as the clowns from American Horror Story.

No matter who won, everyone looked great and were in great Halloween spirit!

Denihan Represents at Biz Now Conference in Washington DC

In case you missed it our very own Melissa Cornfeld was a panelist at the Sixth Annual Bisnow Lodging Investment Summit last week in Washington DC.  She was photographed and quoted in the below article.  Great job  representing and networking on behalf of Denihan. She was photographed and quoted in the below article.

Melissa, nice work representing Denihan!

The article reads:

International travelers are also less likely to be drawn to well-known hotel brands, Denihan Hospitality Group Vice President of Acquisitions and Development Melissa Cornfeld said. Denihan’s portfolio consists entirely of non-branded assets, and she said it has been easy to attract foreign visitors.  “That’s actually where our highest number of repeat guests come from,” Cornfeld said. “A lot of our international guests find us through OTAs, and then they’re actually coming back and finding us online to stay with us again.”

Vision roll out winners!

Congratulations to all the winners of the Vision raffle! We hope you enjoy your prizes!

Vision Raffle Winners

James Chicago Winners

Ernie Hill                               Sheraton Waikiki – 4 nights w/$600 flight credit

Curtis Achterhof               W Miami – 3 nights w/$200 flight credit

Latasha Sykes                    Palace Hotel SF – 3 nights w/200 flight credit

Kristin Byrnes                    Ipad – Mini

Tyler Houston                    Ipad – Full Size

Annaliese Stockmeier     Ipad – Full Size

Corp Office Winner

Ryan Callahan                    W Ft Lauderdale – 3 nights

Margie Wong                     Royal Hawaiian – 4 nights

Phil Dailey                           Ipad – Mini

Surrey Winner

Lorena Ringoot                  Mandalay Bay LV – 3 nights

Fifty NYC Winner

Rajesh Munna                   W Miami – 3 nights

James New York – Nomad Winner

Trang Phan                         Ipad – Mini

2017 Housekeeping Week – The James New York – Soho and The James New York – NoMad

2017 Housekeeping Week – The James New York – Soho and The James New York – NoMad

Both The James New York – Soho and James New York – NoMad had great time celebrating housekeeping week filled with events daily!

The James New York Soho kicked off the week with Breakfast and other events included massages, a pizza party and bed making contests!  The highlights of the week included a Sip & Paint Party  where the team all gathered to paint the same picture as well as a glow in the dark party!

The James New York NoMad kicked of the week with a Taco Bar and other events included Disco Karaoke, a visit from our new Neighbors at &pizza and a Rent the Runway show using everyday housekeeping items.  The highlight of the week was the Wellness Wednesday where the team enjoyed fresh made smoothies in personalized James Cups!

Enjoy all our pictures below!!!



Fun in the sun at the Gardens NYC!

The Gardens NYC Management team took a moment out of the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful weather on one of our outdoor spaces for some craft therapy.  Thanks to the team for a great summer and showing our creativity!

On behalf of Julie Torres

The James New York – NoMad Lobby Revealed!

The James New York – NoMad team successfully opened up their new lobby on August 24th. Thanks to all those on property and at corporate who pitched in a hand to make sure the transition from the temp lobby to the new lobby was seamless. Everything from the décor, florals, lighting, and music help bring to life the James brand and the team is excited about welcoming our guests into our new home!


Introducing Denihan version 2.0!

Earlier this week Brooke, Patrick, Vera, Chrissy and John hosted meetings in both New York and Chicago to share the company’s new vision as well as the short and long term strategies. These meeting were very informative, filled with lots of energy and fun was had by all! If you were not able to attend one of these meetings, be sure to touch base with your manager to see how the information will be shared locally at your hotel.

National Celebrate Services Week continues!

Thank you to Jill, Sherrin and Julia from The James NoMad for bringing us an assortment of decadent donuts and beignets!

Later in the week we received delicious cupcakes from Sprinkles from Gul and the Benjamin team! Thank you so much!

Finally, as a team we toasted to a great week and how lucky we are to have such great colleagues!

Thank you all for making us feel super special this week!

~Jennifer, Slavka, Jaimie, Julia, Katherine

Welcome to Celebrate Services Week!

5 years ago ESPA (Event Service Professionals Association) created National Celebrate Services Day and since then it has evolved to become the annual National Celebrate Services Week! This event was created for conference/convention services professionals with the idea that we could have a week of celebrating what we love to do and networking with other servicers in our area.

We celebrated the start of the week with strawberry lemonades on the beautiful Surrey Rooftop Garden. The Surrey team also popped in for a visit with tasty Rice Krispy treats and truffles! Thank you Anubha, Carla and Nickie! Mid-week we attended the NYC & Company annual celebrate services get together at Rockefeller Plaza.

The James New York – NoMad Open House

The James New York – NoMad hosted an exclusive sneak peek Open House event for clients to see the newly renovated guestrooms along with hard hat tours of the new lobby space.  The event had about 50 clients attend as the team showcased all the features and amenities of the hotel along with fabulous food and beverage provided by our partners at LDV Hospitality


Urban Garden Opening Event at The James Soho


The James New York – Soho opened the Urban Garden for the season by hosting the book launch event for Ruby Warrington of The Numinous, a new brand partner for The James. Friends of The James, The Numinous, and local media gathered to support Ruby on the launch of her book Material Girl, Mystical World. Ruby read a few of her favorite excerpts and answered questions facilitated by Sarah Kennedy of the NY Observer. Mini astro readings were also available to attendees as well as signed copies of the book by Ruby herself. Delicious kombucha, juices and fun was had by all!


Happy Retirement Alina Winnik!

After 30 years Alina has decided it’s time to enjoy retirement  go fishin’ (her favorite pastime) ! Though we will miss her sweet smile and positive outlook on life, we couldn’t be happier for her.

Thank you for your years of loyalty and service 🙂


Earth Day Volunteers Needed – Hotel Association of NYC

 On Tuesday, April 18th will be an Earth Day celebration in Union Square and we are looking for volunteers to represent Denihan and lend their support at the Hotel Association of NYC booth! We are looking for a minimum commitment of 2 hours for this fun event. 

If you or your teams are interested in participating in the event or in donating items for the giveaway bags, please contact Dia Noor Qirreh at the Carlton,, or sign up via the scheduling link Earth Day Volunteer Sign-up.

*Earth Day New York is an educational, non-profit organization with the mission to promote environmental awareness and solutions through programs and events: Earth Day Union Square   * 

Thank you, in advance, for your time and consideration!

A Heartfelt Event!

The Shelburne NYC team enjoyed a Heartfelt Get Together, celebrating friends, family, birthdays and each other!

Thank you Anddy and Krisitna for putting together such a SWEET event 🙂

Valentine’s Day Party!

A sweet time was had by all with creative interpretations of a Happy Valentine treat!

Our teams for our Valentine’s Day sweet treat creation contests were:

  • CT, Andrea, Justin – Who’s sculpture was named Angry Cupid
  • Pete, Lloyd, Ian – Who’s sculpture was named Love on Cloud 9
  • Amanda, Cassie, Nickie – Who’s sculpture was named CandyLand
  • Rob, Dawn, Elaine, Tiffany – Who’s sculpture was named Lover’s Dream
  • Carla, Andrea, Anika, Joyce- Who’s sculpture was named Honeymoon Suite and was the winner of the contest!
  • Steve, Dominick – Who’s sculpture was named The Donald – The team was the winner of our Best Dressed contest!

Great job all and a very Happy Birthday to CT!

Holiday Greetings from the Dumont NYC!

The team enjoyed a night of dancing, raffles, and each other’s company for the evening.

Santa visits The James Chicago

Santa and Mrs Claus visited together with Elf Aaron and Mickey Mouse the team members and their families of The James. On the first day of snowfall of the year in Chicago, Santa’s sled was able to stop at the hotel and the party spent a relaxing breakfast time with the kids during their Pajama Party. Santa got many hugs from young and old. Enjoy some sample photos below. Thank you to the JAT team and their helpers for this great event.

The James Chicago wishes the entire Denihan team a very happy and joyous holiday season!

Breakfast with Santa at The James Chicago

Breakfast with Santa at The James Chicago

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